Joe Quattrone, who trimmed hair in the House for 50 years, will retire at the end of August

Aug 21, 2022 264

BY: Brad Matthews

Joe Quattrone, witness to 50 years of Congressional history from his barber’s booth in the Rayburn Building, will be retiring at the end of August. Mr. Quattrone started on Mar. 2nd, 1971, coinciding with a Weather Underground bomb going off in a Senate bathroom. Over the years, he has remained, even after all but one of the barber shops in the House were privatized in the 1990s.

“What can I say? I’m going to miss it. But it’s time for me to go after 51-and-a-half years,” Mr. Quattrone told Roll Call. Born in the “toe” of the Italian peninsula, Mr. Quattrone came to America as a teenager in the 1950s. Before he worked as a barber, he helped pour the terrazzo floors of the Rayburn Building where he works now, according to Roll Call.

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